Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Our Kids' Adoption Nicknames (Tuesday Talk #16)


When we were first expecting through adoption, we decided to come up with a nickname for our baby while we waited, just like what most pregnant women do.  Little did we know the impact each of our children's nicknames would have on us and their adoption stories.   Our God is an amazing God!

But, first, here are each of their nicknames and why we chose them:


Baby Moses is the nickname we chose for our first adoption.  Moses was adopted, and it was a transracial adoption too, just like what we were doing.  In this Bible story, you could see the heartache, joy, and love in adoption (for all the parties involved), which we knew we would encounter in our journey.  It was the perfect nickname for our little one, who turned out to be our daughter J.


Our World Adoption Day picture...with Baby Moses  :)



Baby John was our nickname for our baby the second time around.  This comes from an exchange Jesus has with His Mother Mary and His disciple John during the Crucifixion:  "When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, 'Woman, behold, your son.'  Then he said the disciple, "Behold, your mother.'" John 19:26-27   Another beautiful story of  "adoption" in the Bible, and another perfect nickname for our little one who became our son B.



"For this child I prayed." 1 Samuel 1:27


Baby Samuel was the nickname we chose during our third adoption.  "For this child I prayed." 1 Samuel 1:27  Although it's not a story about adoption, it is about a child long waited and prayed for, just like this little one was to us.  Our Baby Samuel became our son L (only 1 short month ago!).


All of these nicknames are so dear to our hearts because they are the names that remind us of each individual adoption journey to bring J, B, and L into our family.  And also because with every single one of their adoptions, we received special "miracles" with each name.

Each of these "miracles" gave us strength during the rocky times surrounding their adoptions because they helped us to see God's Hand in each of our journeys to bring them home.  The miracles gave us peace in knowing that He was in control.  

Each child's miracle story is truly amazing, and they blow me away every time I think about them.  I'm looking forward to sharing all 3 of our adoption miracle stories with you soon! 

But in the meantime, I'd love to know - what did you nickname your little one while you were waiting for them to arrive in your family?  Do you have a special meaning behind the name?  Please share!


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36 comments:

  1. I love this. It's so meaningful. We didn't really have a nickname (or a name for that matter) during most of my pregnancies. But I love the idea!

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  2. So sweet! We didn't really have nicknames but we did pick a life verse to pray for each of our children as we we waited for them (we struggle with infertility). For our daughter we were led to Samuel 1:27 and for our boy (due this July) we were led to Job 5:9. Both of these verses truly capture our journeyed with our children. It's amazing :)

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  3. What a great idea to have a nickname! Love the meanings behind each one, beautiful story! We couldn't stand the suspense and found out with both of the kids what we were having, so we named them not too long after finding out!

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  4. This post is the sweetest. I love how you staged the pictures on the bible. Following you the last couple of months has been so much fun in watching your day to day happenings with these precious gifts from God.

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  5. Awwww these are super sweet! I love it :-) what sweet stories for each. Love your picture from World Adoption Day. We participated too!

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  6. So very cool! I always love the name Samuel because of Hannah's fervent prayers for a son :)
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  7. Abi at Joy In My KitchenApril 21, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    That's neat. We didn't necessarily know we were waiting for our kids before they came! We did choose their given names becasue of meaning or Bible context. Each one's story is truly an amazing work of God. I find it easy to talk about them, but haven't been able to bring myself to write them down for some reason.

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  8. These are beautiful- I love learning about this!

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  9. Stopping by from Women with Intention Wednesday...and this idea is so intentional! Beautiful thought and what a blessing to your babies as they grow up prayed for and having clearly witnessed the Lord's work in their lives -especially in adoption. Blessings to you and yours! : )

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  10. Such a beautiful idea. He such an adorable baby. I love the photo of the hands of your family with the smiles. May God richly bless you and your family.

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  11. I love these!!! as an adoptive mama I am so happy for your family!!

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  12. Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}April 25, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Oh I just love this. How sweet that you did this, and the names you chose were perfect.

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  13. What a beautiful idea and story. Looking forward to reading their adoption stories! Thank you for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday!

    Holly
    www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

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  14. Adoption is a dream of mine. I have always wanted 3 children. 2 of my own and adopt a 3rd one. We have our 2 and will hopefully one day be able to adopt.

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  15. Ah, I love the meaning behind the nicknames you chose!

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  16. We decided to do this so we could always pray for our baby by "name". Because there have been times we've been matched, but then it's fall through. So throughout it all, we weren't only praying for the baby we were matched with - we were always praying for the one who would end up being ours. :) -Jess

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  17. So beautiful! I love this! What a great idea! And congratulations on your little one arriving in July! You will be in our prayers!!! -Jess

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  18. For 2 out of our 3, we didn't find out the gender til we got the phone call that they had been born! And twice we had twin girls fall through...then we ended up with our son. So we don't name ahead of time because too much is up in the air! Our kids get named at the hospital lol -Jess

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  19. Thank you so much, Michelle! I can't claim credit for the idea of L on the Bible...I saw it on Pinterest...but it was just so perfect because his nickname was Samuel. He was such a long prayed for little one!!! -Jess

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  20. Thank you so much! We're excited to add another hand to our picture this year!!! :) -Jess

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  21. When thinking about what to nickname our third, that kept standing out to me too. We prayed so much for our little ones...so this verse and nickname was perfect! -Jess

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  22. Thank you! It's one of my favorite things about our adoption journeys. I can't wait to share the miracles involved with each nickname soon! -Jess

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  23. Thank you! We decided to do this so we could always pray for our baby by "name".
    Because there have been times we've been matched, but then it's fall
    through. So throughout it all, we weren't only praying for the baby we
    were matched with - we were always praying for the one who would end up
    being ours. :) -Jess

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  24. Thank you so much! We do feel very blessed indeed! -Jess

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  25. Thank you so much!!! We feel so blessed! -Jess

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  26. Thank you! I can see your little one in your profile pic - what a doll! Do you have a blog as well? I love following other adoptive families! -Jess

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  27. Thank you so much! We are so grateful to God for His blessings! -Jess

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  28. Thank you so much, Holly! I'm writing them up so hopefully I'll be sharing them over the next two months! Thanks for hosting! -Jess

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  29. I'll pray for you as you start your adoption journey! You'll see right away that once you start the process that all 3 will be your "own" ;) You won't love or see them any differently! -Jess

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  30. Thank you so much! I'm so glad we started this tradition with our first. The names have been such a strength and peace for us when the adoption process has gotten tough. Our God is amazing! -Jess

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  31. SO beautiful :D wow -- this is so cool! I love your Moses picture :) what a wonderful family has formed!

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  32. How beautiful! I love it!

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  33. Thank you! We feel so incredibly blessed! -Jess

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  34. Very sweet! I love reading about adoption nicknames and names. They carry so much weight and meaning.

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  35. Thank you! They even took on more meaning once the little ones actually came home too. It's amazing how God works in our lives! -Jess

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